Title

City of Los Angeles v. Patel

Presenter Information

Justine Brassfield

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC 137A

Start Date

21-5-2015

End Date

21-5-2015

Keywords

Fourth Amendment, Right to Privacy, Unlawful Searches

Abstract

The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution was established to protect citizens from unlawful search and seizure conducted by the government. Over the years, government investigations into closely regulated businesses have been an issue argued in numerous venues. The courts have ruled that businesses such as hotels do not have an exclusive expectation of privacy because the benefit of randomly searching motel/hotel registries has helped society by fighting crimes such as prostitution and sex trafficking. There is a conflicting opinion of the Sixth and Ninth Circuit Courts of California that determines whether hotels are protected under the Fourth Amendment. In City of Los Angeles v. Patel, it will be determined whether hotels have an expectation of privacy per the Fourth Amendment by the Supreme Court of the United States. I will discuss impact of the court’s decision whether warrantless searches of hotel registries are a violation of the Fourth Amendment.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Teresa Francis-Divine

Department/Program

Law & Justice

Additional Mentoring Department

Law & Justice

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City of Los Angeles v. Patel

SURC 137A

The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution was established to protect citizens from unlawful search and seizure conducted by the government. Over the years, government investigations into closely regulated businesses have been an issue argued in numerous venues. The courts have ruled that businesses such as hotels do not have an exclusive expectation of privacy because the benefit of randomly searching motel/hotel registries has helped society by fighting crimes such as prostitution and sex trafficking. There is a conflicting opinion of the Sixth and Ninth Circuit Courts of California that determines whether hotels are protected under the Fourth Amendment. In City of Los Angeles v. Patel, it will be determined whether hotels have an expectation of privacy per the Fourth Amendment by the Supreme Court of the United States. I will discuss impact of the court’s decision whether warrantless searches of hotel registries are a violation of the Fourth Amendment.